Doha International Airport is fast developing into a prime global airport hub with over 35 international airlines serving key business and leisure cities across the world.
The airport is undergoing a multi-million dollar investment programme in infrastructure improvements, including additional check-in gates, more aircraft parking bays and expanded terminal facilities to provide passengers with an even more comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.
The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) will open in mid of 2012 at a site four kilometers from the existing airport. Its state-of-the-art facilities will help position Doha as the premium Middle East gateway to the world initially handling 24 million passengers a year before further development to handle a capacity of 50 million passengers annually.
Qatar Airways is the country's national carrier. Doha International Airport is served by many international passenger airlines. The only one of its kind in Qatar, the airport is capable of handling large amounts of airfreight. To cope with the increasing passenger and freight traffic the Government plans to construct a new large airport facility on the area adjacent to the premises of the present one.
The State of Qatar has spared no effort to develop and expand its seaports and provide all necessary facilities there. The Ports and Sea Customs Department actively participates in international maritime activities as a member of the International Maritime Organization, Arab Academy for Maritime Transport and the International Association of Ports and Harbors. The major seaports in Qatar equipped to receive giant ships are Doha Commercial Seaport, Mesaieed Commercial and Industrial Seaport and Ras Laffan Industrial Seaport. The port of Mesaieed has grown steadily from solely a crude loading terminal to a moderate sized port handling oil products, liquefied gases, chemicals, fertilizer, bulk and general cargoes. The Port is currently visited by around 2100 vessels each year.
Qatar has developed a good highway system which connects all the main points of the peninsula. Qatar's only foreign road connection is with Saudi Arabia. There are over 1000 miles of roads, most of which are hard-surfaced. Qatar is now connected with Europe via the Trans-Arabia Highway in Saudi Arabia and with the United Arab Emirates and Oman via a hard surfaced route, also through Saudi Arabia. A very large portion of Qatar's imports are now brought in overland by trucks with increasing amounts coming from container facilities at the ports of Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).
Qatar-based Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) is developing Logistics Village Qatar (LVQ) and Mesaieed industrial facility, with investments of QAR1.80 billion and QAR70 million, respectively. LVQ is expected to offer one million square meters of area for warehouse operations and other related facilities. The Mesaieed project is expected to offer 26,000sqm for warehousing.